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The Rudman Hymnals 1700
The Swedish Colonial Society and the Gloria Dei Church Historic Preservation Trust have co-operated in publishing a small hardcover book, The Rudman Hymnals 1700. This new book contains the original Swedish words as written by Rudman, now in modern spelling and the 17th Century melodies that would have been used with them. A special feature of the book are new musical compositions by virtuoso musician at Gloria Dei, Paul Fejko for each of the hymns, making them resound with the harmonies of the 21st Century. And, of course the English translations are provided so that the hymns can be sung in English to either new or old tunes The two hymnals that Pastor Andreas Rudman published at Philadelphia in 1700 are the first Swedish imprints in America and were no doubt the first authored hymnals published in any language in America. A description of them was published in the Fall, 2019 issue of the Swedish Colonial Society Journal (Volume 5, no.11) and in the July, 2018 issue of The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly (Volume 69, No.3).
This richly illustrated volume is $20 plus $5 shipping and handling.
New Sweden on the Delaware
Celebrating the 375th Anniversary of the founding of the New Sweden Colony in America, this limited-edition, 128-page volume features nearly 50 locations in 245 full-color photographs. With Forwards by Ambassador Jonas Hafström of Sweden and Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde of Finland, each hard-bound book with jacket includes maps of the colony, a naming guide to colonists, full index, and many more features which are destined to make this work a treasured memento of the Jubilee celebration. Photographs by Ken Peterson, text by Kim-Eric Williams and edited by Ron Hendrickson.
The book is $25 plus $5 shipping and handling.
The 1671 Census of the Delaware
The 1693 Census of the Swedes on the Delaware
by Peter Stebbins Craig, J.D.
The 228-page, hardbound book contains a forward by Dr. C. A. Weslager, a lengthy introduction and seven chapters on the colonial Wicaco (Philadelphia) and Crane Hook (Wilmington) congregations, an appendix, abbreviations for commonly used references, eight pages of bibliography, an index of place names, a detailed and well-referenced index of personal names, and two maps of the 1693 service areas of the two churches.
The 1693 census book is $45 plus $5 shipping and handling.
The Faces of New Sweden
Erik Bjork, Christina Stalcop & America’s First Portrait Painter
by Hans Ling
History and art converge in the true story of the portrait of the Rev. Erik Bjork, pastor of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes’) Church, Wilmington, DE; the portrait of his wife, Christina Stalcop; and the fascinating connection between the New Sweden Colony and Gustavus Hesselius, the first portrait painter in America. Learn how two paintings from Colonial America were “lost” but then re-discovered nearly three centuries later and an ocean away, and returned to their original home.
The long-awaited publication of this landmark, 104-page book The Faces of New Sweden is now available and was premiered at the New Sweden History Conference in Wilmington, DE. It is a perfect-bound book and includes many full color reproductions of the recently rediscovered paintings of Pastor Erik Björk and his wife Christina Stalcop.
Erik Björk was one of the three Church of Sweden priests sent to America in 1697 by Jesper Svedberg and King Carl XI to revive the churches and serve the remaining Swedes on the Delaware. He was pastor at Holy Trinity (Old Swedes’) Church in Wilmington from 1697 until 1713. The portraits of Björk and his wife seem to date to 1712 and are by America’s first portrait painter, Gustavus (Gustaf) Hesselius, who was the brother of the next two Swedish priests to serve in Wilmington, Andreas Hesselius and Samuel Hesselius.
The family background of the painter Gustavus Hesselius and the families of Erik Björk and Christina Stalcop is told by the author Hans Ling of Uppsala, Sweden, legal advisor to the National Heritage Board and a Forefather member of the Swedish Colonial Society. The fascinating story of the discovery of these original oils at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm is told by Dr. Peter S. Craig, the Historian of the Swedish Colonial Society.
The book is $20 plus $5 shipping and handling.
Studies in Swedish American Genealogy II
Olof Stille in New Sweden
by Fritz Nordstrom, translated by Richard H. Hulm
The Stille Family in America, 1641-1772
by Peter Stebbins Craig
(Reprinted from Swedish American Genealogist, Vol. VI, Nos.3 and 4, Sept. and Dec., 1986. Out of print.)
Reprints of two articles about the Stille Family. 46 pages plus 9 page name index.
The book is $16 plus $5 shipping and handling.
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